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Velcrow Ripper is an acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker, who works with the National Film Board of Canada. He has won dozens of awards for his films, including two Genies (Canadian Academy Awards), for the feature documentaries Scared Sacred and Bones of the Forest -- a film about native elders and the struggle to save ancient forests from logging. His latest film, Fierce Light, is about bringing together spirituality and activism. He has interviewed many of the world's luminaries, including The Dalai Lama, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, etc. His movies are seen widely around the world, broadcast on television, shown in movie theaters and used extensively by grassroots groups. For more info visit: and

Wall Street Protest: The revolution will be tweeted

Photo: Velcrow Ripper
#OccupyWallStreet is becoming a living laboratory for direct democracy.

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Welcome to's extended series on the Canadian left -- Reinventing democracy, reclaiming the commons: A progressive dialogue on the future of Canada -- a look at where it stands after the 2011 federal election, and what the future can hold. The series will run in this,'s 10th year, and is curated by journalist Murray Dobbin.

"The future belongs to the most compelling story." 

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We have been great friends for the last ten years. Judy comes from a history of left and feminist activism, Velcrow is an activist film maker who has focused on environmental and spiritual activism. Over these ten years, we have learned a lot from each other, leading to collaboration on each of our projects.


| April 14, 2012
| January 16, 2012
Photo: Velcrow Ripper, http://occupylove
| December 31, 2011
Occupy Toronto. Photo: John Bonnar
| November 15, 2011
| November 11, 2011

Velcrow Ripper at Occupy Saskatoon

Activist and filmmaker Velcrow Ripper with his thoughts on the growing Occupy movement -- as someone who had been with Occupy Wall Street from the very first day. He took part in Occupy Saskatoon on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011... the day the movement spread to Canada and beyond.

| September 26, 2011
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